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in a different capacity. >> i was telling the guys here i was just in burma and malaysia. it's fantastic. burma is a great opportunity for american public diplomacy. you know i'm going to put this in before you go to whatever you want to talk about. it may be mika's birthday and my birthday today but tomorrow is world press freedom day. the united states government is on the side of journalists oppressed everywhere. journalists are more oppressed today than any time in history. >> vladimir putin one of the terrible offenders through the years of press freedom. a lot of reporters who have reported on him have ended up dead. >> 99 journalists were killed in the line of duty last year. what's changed is journalists used to get harmed in the line of duty and now they're targeted by governments. that's disturbing. >> speaking of vladimir putin, we have now a helicopter shot down in ukraine. vladimir putin ordering the ukraine government to get their own forces out of their own country. what's next in this downhill spiral? >> thank, joe. i had a conversation with a pretty senior figure in the obama a
to do that. after that press con presence in malaysia, i talked to a few of his aides and he was telling me he was prepping them and he knew everything about sterling's past, he had been following the story very closely and he saw the opportunity as a way to sort of raise the bar a little bit for the nba. he named by name dropping commissioner silver in there, to have him realize that this is the action that needed to be taken and hoped that whatever it took, you know, to have more public comments, add more weight to the issue, to encourage the decision that the commissioner ended up coming with. so it just was fascinating to find out how much not only that it want his staff prepping him but one of those cases the reverse. that's how closely he had followed the story and how much he knew about sterling's past. >> i think in many ways the last four days have shown the strength of the nba, not just adam silver but magic johnson, charles barkley -- >> and a number of white players, too. >> yes. this in many ways was a good moment for the nba. >> i think and i don't want to be naive here, bu
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